Post # 1
I am in desperate need of loosing weight before the wedding, I know its alittle over a year away, but I am hoping to loose about 60 lbs or so. I have tried Herbal Magic, Weight Watchers Online, No-Carbs, Visalus etc.. The only thing I havent tried is Weight Watcher meetings, Has anyone tried them? If so, Would you recommend it? In the summer I usually walk the local nature park (8 kms) 3 times a week, but it gets really boring, so I was thinking of tried P90X, so im looking for any recommendations with that too. Or anything else that may work, because iv tried everything!
Post # 3
For me, Weight Watchers with meetings helped.
Personally, exercise doesn’t help me lose weight, probably because I eat more…I even trained for and ran a marathon and saw no significant weight change.
Post # 4
Weight Watchers is great. I didn’t do meetings; I did the online program, and I loved it. I lost 35 pounds. My mom did meetings and lost 20 pounds (she had less to lose). I’d say that a combo of WW and exercise should help you lose the weight. Good Luck!
Post # 5
Myfitnesspal is great, it makes tracking calories and exercise super easy plus there is the community element! Lots of us bees are on it, it’s free so definitely worth a shot!
Post # 6
I’ve done both P90X and Insanity. I personally liked Insanity much better. They were both equally challenging, and P90X has a kick butt yoga DVD, but Insanity was more accessible for me and I knew if I traveled I could more easily stick with the program as it requires no equipment and a lot of the moves can be done in a smaller area. I also found Sean T to be less obnoxious than Tony Horton 🙂
Post # 7
@kat2014: I have myfitnesspal, but i actually havent been on it in awhile. I have tried counting calories and that doesn’t seem to work. I might try myfitnesspal again before joining a program where il have to pay. (add me if you would like: futuremrshitchcock)
Post # 8
I haven’t done P90X, but Fiance and I did attempt completing Insanity. That is some intense stuff right there! I had been running 2-3 miles everyday for like 4 months before starting insanity and I still wasn’t able to finish some of those videos! But they tell you not to worry about keeping up with the people in the video and to stop when you need a break; I would never listen. My competitive side would always win and I would burn myself out. We were also doing it in our apartment and always had to move around all the furniture (what a pain) and our dogs would try to jump all over us because they thought we were playing haha. I think once we have a bigger space we will definitely give it another go because I would love to finish the whole process!
We decided on Insanity over P90X because Insanity is more cardio based. I have never done any of the P90X videos but my 55 year old aunt does them every morning. You have to do pull ups and stuff, which I’m terrible at. haha.
Post # 9
@alyssa742: I’ve fallen off the wagon several times before, but I have found the community/accountability aspects can be pretty helpful. I’ll give you an add and see if we can help support each other this time round. In the past I have found myself losing about 3-5 pounds, then thinking I’m doing great, slipping and putting it right back on again, hoping to do better this time, it’s definitely about a mentality change, which I’m still working on…
Post # 10
@Aggie10: yeah that too, I liked that with Insanity you didn’t need any equipment.
@alyssa742: I would also definitely recommend some good training-type shoes. You’re jumping up and down and moving side to side so much, having good support will help keep you from hurting yourself. I was using my normal running shoes and my ankles kept rolling! I actually just bought myself a pair of Vibram Five Finger shoes, not very pretty but I’ve heard they’re excellent for stuff like that. Can’t wait to test them out!
Post # 11
How motivated are you? I have zero will power/motivation and found that classes at the gym, running with my Fiance (not alone), and livestrong’s calorie counter work best for me. My friends have had great success with weight watchers if they have a “playing fair” personalized and don’t try to game the system. If you look for every way to “cheat” within a system, it doesn’t work.
Post # 12
According to my doctor, for my height and age I should be 130lbs. To me that is not realistic because even when I was a teenager I was about 140-150lbs. Well, needless to say, I have been over weight for about 10 years now. Currently at 240lbs. I am 29 (30 in Sept) years old and I’m roughly 5’4″.
So that’s roughly 100 lbs according to my doctor that I need to be losing.
I’ve tried Weight Watchers many years ago, lost about 15lbs in a month but then I stopped going because I was a single mom and just couldn’t afford to keep going. I tried doing it on my own with the high protein/fiber low carb and sugar way lost about 15lbs but I stopped because the price of “healthy food” was costing alot more than regular food I use to buy. I also tried the B12 shots, supposedly they give you a “boost of energy” but I never felt it. I lost 9lbs in a month with that and cost me roughly $200 so that was a huge waste of money.
We bought P90X in January and that sure is a good workout, however, I can not do a lot of the things on it but they allow you to switch out for other things. Which is nice. We also have a total gym and a stationary exercising bike.
But the biggest problem for me is… I’m addicted to food and I’m lazy. 🙁
I signed up for MyfitnessPal but I don’t find the need to go on it because I’m not doing anything to better my weight or health and I think that’s a big problem. I am okay in my skin being chunky most days as long as I stay home and avoid people.
I am seriously thinking about rejoining Weight Watchers because I feel better going and hearing other woman struggles with weight and I feel accomplished and praised for the hard work I am putting in even if I dont see it on the scale.
So I say that could be a great idea for you if youre anything like me haha
Post # 13
I’m with the others. I liked Insanity better.
I also go to the gym with a buddy, which I think helps a lot. I feel worse when I have to cancel on her. We usually go to fitness classes. Spin is probably the best for me in terns of keeping me toned and in shape.
Post # 14
When I did weight watchers online, I didnt really understand how the program worked, so I started playing around with it and noticed you can have Macdonalds and other junk food and still be in the point range. well lets just say that didnt work! lol
I was underweight before I had my son (105 lbs at 5’6) and soon as I got pregnant I just blew up (gained 100lbs!!) and I havent been able to loose any of it since then (2 years ago). I am just SO tired of seeing all my cute clothes that I still can’t fit in. I binged a lot this week when it came to eating out, so since it is out of my system I am definitly ready to get on track!
I went to the doctor a little while ago and he believes that the pregnancy might of set off my thyroid, and he suspects I may have hypothyroidism. But I need to get bloodwork to get tested and I am beyond terrified of blood test, so I am hoping I will find the courage to get it done!
Thank you everyone for the help!And any more advice would be appreciated!!
Post # 15
Weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. The best bet for weightloss is to make lifestyle changes, not diet. I would say, reduce calories to 1500/day (maybe more – dont know your specs), and excercise to boost your metabolism.
Honestly, thats the best way to do it.. there really arent too many magic bullets out there (I lost weight using HCG, but that involves a 500/day calorie plan that I feel is just too extreme for most.. and it is very expensive), and I gained it back when I stopped using it (cause I didnt follow the plan 😛 Right around thanksgiving when I stopped… so hard to resist)
The best workout plan I have found is Turbofire. I thought I was in great shape until I started doing them hardcore. They say it is comparable to Insanity (I believe it – I have done those too) but the best part about Turbofire is the fun music and upbeat teacher! She is just the best and boosts your self-esteem each time you do it!! (you can get them online.. PM me if you need help finding them)
Love turbofire.. and basically – you just need to eat good clean foods! Thats all there is to it!!
I understand being Hypothyroid – I am too and take medications for it (dont be worried about the blood test.. there are medications out there with the hormones you need 🙂 but be sure to investigate different treatments with your doctor.. some still use the “old method” of diagnosing hypothyroidism.. and maybe ensure that they check BOTH your T4 and T3 levels!!!!)
Anyway – good luck! Just gotta keep yourself motivated and stick to a plan. Livestrong.com has made it easy for me to track my weightloss, calories, fitness and they also have boards you can post on too.. and goals to set for yourself & have others encourage you.
Post # 16
@Sheesh19: Yes! Spin classes are awesome for weight loss and toning. Also they’re lots of fun if you have a good instructor.
@alyssa742: Yes, definitely get your blood work done. If you do infact have hypothyroidism they can give you the appropriate hormones and this will dramatically help you to lose weight.
I would definitely recommend getting a “weight loss buddy”…preferably another girl. It’s great to work out with your Fiance, but a lot of times it’s easier for the guy to drop the pounds and it can become discouraging (this happened with my sister and her husband). Find a friend you can do work out videos with and keep you on track with eating. The eating part is where you do want to include your Fiance. If he’s eating all the tempting unhealthy foods it will make it harder to stick to your own eating plan when you eat together.
Also, remember you don’t have to give up on all the foods you love. It’s more about finding substitutions and new recipes to try and portion control.
There’s also the weight loss boards here on weddingbee that are filled with encouragement and ideas!